Naked Lunch

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Grove Press, 2009 - Fiction - 299 pages
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Naked Lunch is one of the most important novels of the twentieth century, a book that redefined not just literature but American culture. An unnerving tale of a narcotics addict unmoored in New York, Tangiers, and ultimately a nightmarish wasteland known as interzone, its formal innovation, formerly taboo subject matter, and tour de force execution have exerted their influence on the work of authors like Thomas Pynchon, J. G. Ballard, and William Gibson; on the relationship of art and obscenity; and on the shape of music, film and media generally. Naked Lunch: The Restored Text includes many editorial corrections on the text, several essays he wrote over the years about the book, and an appendix of 20 percent new material and alternate drafts from the original manuscript, which predates the first published version. For the Burroughs enthusiast and the neophyte, this volume is a valuable and fresh experience of this classic of our culture.

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A Dark, Sinister Orgasm

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Man has rarely ever wanted vision such as this. It is with a great, and terrible beauty in which the world of addiction (consumerism) illuminates the carcass of its dying self. "Language is an alien virus." Read full review

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This is one of the most genius works of satire ever written. Burroughs is the OG ("original gangsta" for all you squares) of drug-abusin' cynics. He reveals eternal societal truths in the most wacky and original style of all the Beats. I've never been so struck by any single work of the (albeit talented) wanabes, Beats and "Neo-Beats" alike, as I have with "WSB". The often disgusting, jissom-laced, skull-fucking, tear jerking, breathtaking, and forever funny Naked Lunch is not for the faint of heart, stomach, or brain. Heroin and Harvard working together in near perfect harmony. I'm proud to be American, and William Burroughs is one of the reasons why. 

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